Feb 18, 2014

The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield, New from Steven Lawson and Reformation Trust

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Since God Is Sovereign, Why Evangelize?

England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was in the midst of spiritual decline, marked by lifeless sermons, strife, persecution, and malaise. Into this dark time, George Whitefield burst forth as one of the greatest preachers the church had seen since the time of the Apostles.

What motivated this man who believed in the sovereignty of God to travel thousands of miles—crossing the Atlantic thirteen times—in order to preach the gospel? Dr. Steven J. Lawson explores this question in the latest entry in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series.

Dr. Lawson writes, "It is virtually impossible to read the life and ministry of George Whitefield without being impressed with his evangelistic zeal." He continues, "Without gimmicks and props, without smoke and mirrors, here is a humble messenger, armed only with the gospel, emboldened by the Spirit, seeking to revive the church and win the lost to Christ. Here is a soul on fire and a life zealous to preach the glorious gospel."

The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield is a call to today's church to recover both the profound theology and the intense fervor of this great preacher.

Chapter Titles

  1. A Force for the Gospel
  2. A Life of Singular Devotion
  3. A Theology of Sovereign Grace
  4. A Gospel without Compromise
  5. A Passion That Consumed
  6. A Mandate from the Lord

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"This volume on George Whitefield is another superb example of Dr. Lawson’s approach to history and biography. He highlights the key doctrinal nuances, character qualities, natural talents, and spiritual gifts that help explain why Whitefield was such a powerful preacher and such a monumental figure in church history. The book is written in an engaging, personal way that brings Whitefield to life. It’s hard to put a book like this down."

—Dr. John MacArthur
Pastor, Grace Community Church
President, The Master’s College and Seminary

"Effective evangelism is humanly impossible. To take truth from the Bible, get it into your heart, cause it to burst into flames of love, and then carry its living coals into another heart—no man has the power to do this. It requires an anointing from heaven. God gave that anointing to George Whitefield and used him to ignite thousands of souls. Steven Lawson draws us close to feel the fire in this stirring and informative book. May many read it and cry up to heaven for the flame to descend again!"

—Dr. Joel R. Beeke
President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

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Dr. Steven J. LawsonSteven J. Lawson is senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, board member and teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries, and visiting professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at Ligonier Academy. A popular conference speaker and author, he is also the founder of OnePassion Ministries and serves on the board of directors for The Master's College and Seminary. Dr. Lawson's books include, The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, and Pillars of Grace.